Wi-Fi is a great way to connect with friends, family and co-workers at home. But if you’re not careful, Wi-Fi can also be an easy point of entry for hackers into your personal information. That’s why it’s important to know how to secure your Wi-Fi network. Here are four tips for making sure your home Wi-Fi network stays safe:
4 Tips for a secure Wi-Fi at home
1. Check your router’s Wi-Fi security settings
Your router’s wireless settings are another way to make sure your home network is secure. You should check these settings on a regular basis and make sure they’re all set up correctly.
To do this, navigate to your Wi-Fi router’s admin page and click “Settings.” Then select the “Wireless” tab and make sure that:
- The SSID (name of your network) is changed from default to something unique. This will help prevent people from joining in on your network without using their own password or entering it incorrectly when prompted by an appropriate message box. Make sure there aren’t any spaces in the SSID name!
- You have selected WPA2 encryption or WPA2-PSK (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 – Personal Hotspot). This means that anyone who tries to connect with this type of connection will have trouble connecting because they won’t have the correct key needed for accessing data through wireless networks; however, they can still use wired connections instead of relying solely on wireless ones like yours will allow them access too!
2. Use a password on your Wi-Fi network.
- Use a password that is at least 13 characters long.
- Make sure your Wi-Fi network password is complex, with mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
- Don’t use any easy-to-guess passwords like “password” or “123456”. These tend to be weak because they’re easily cracked by hackers. Instead, choose more complicated passwords such as “Hacker,” “Michael,” etc., which are harder for others to guess or crack into your account if they do manage to break into it (and which will make it more likely that someone else won’t try).
- Don’t share your network password with anyone else–especially not someone who might want access just because they know you have it! You should change this every few months so that no one has an opportunity to find out what it is before changing theirs again (or even worse: using someone else’s old one).
3. Set up a firewall and antivirus software on your computer or laptop.
- Set up a firewall and antivirus software on your computer or laptop.
- A firewall is a program that allows you to block incoming connections from certain networks, such as the public internet. If someone attempts to access your network from the public internet, for example, it will try to connect through your firewall before connecting over Wi-Fi. If this happens, the connection will be blocked by the firewall–and any future attempts at accessing your network will fail as well.
- Antivirus software works similarly: it automatically scans every file that comes in through an open port or vulnerability in order for you (or someone else) with enough technical know-how) can figure out what kind of virus caused trouble and remove it completely before further damage occurs.*
4. Don’t share your WLAN with other devices.
If you want to keep your home’s Wi-Fi secure, don’t share it with other devices. In particular:
- Don’t use a public Wi-Fi network. This is especially important if you’re in an area where there are many people who may be trying to access your network without your knowledge or consent.
- Don’t connect to a wireless network that doesn’t have a password (and one that isn’t encrypted). It’s easy enough for someone walking by on the street or sitting at the park next door to see which router you’re using because they can simply check its MAC address–which is what makes up each device’s unique identifier–and connect directly through its internet port (if any).
When you know what to look for, you can keep yourself safe online.
When you know what to look for, you can keep yourself safe online. Here are some tips:
- Use a VPN (virtual private network) to encrypt your internet traffic and keep it private. This way, no one–including ISPs and governments–can see what you’re doing when using the web. If someone were to suddenly block access to a website like Facebook or Google, for example, using a VPN will allow you to access that site through another server located in another country with an open internet connection.
- Get around geo-restrictions by using proxies or TOR (the Onion Router). These services allow users from different geographic regions around the world to share their bandwidth so they don’t have any trouble accessing websites like Twitter or Instagram within their native countries when traveling abroad.
If you want to stay safe online, it’s important to know what you can do. Make sure you have a good password and take the time to set up your router so that no one can use it without authorization. Using an antivirus program on your devices and using a firewall will also keep them protected against viruses and other malicious software.